Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Advani, Bharti, Joshi to stand trial in Babri Masjid case

Advani, Bharti, Joshi to stand trial in Babri Masjid case

Kalyan Singh, who was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the mosque was demolished, is now the Governor of Rajasthan and can not be prosecuted while in office.

The Bench has revived CBI's appeal against the high court and also clubbed it with current cases going on in two courts in Raebareli and Lucknow against the four and others.

The court said that there would be no de-novo trial and the trial court judge would not be transferred till trial was over.

Judges also expressed their frustration with the twin trials moving slowly over 25 years, and said they could order daily hearings with a two-year deadline for a verdict.

The apex court directed the trial court to proceed expeditiously in the case and said that court should not grant unnecessary adjournments in the trial proceeding. "We have allowed the CBI appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgement with certain directions", said a bench of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman. This case is still pending in a court in Rae Bareli.

SC restored conspiracy charges against senior BJP leader LK Advani.

The apex court indicated that it may order a time-bound joint trial of all the accused.

The firebrand leader also asked the government to bring a legislation in Parliament to build a grand Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The Supreme Court ordered that the case, which has dragged on since charges were first filed in 1993, should be completed within two years.

Along with the BJP Veterans other leaders who would be tried include Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal and late Giriraj Kishore.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought the court's nod to add fresh charges against 16 accused.

The controversial Ayodhya land has been claimed by both the Hindu and Muslim communities with Hindus wanting to build a Ram Mandir on the Ram Janmbhoomi, while the Muslims want to rebuild the Babri Masjid.

According to the NDTV, Kalyan Singh, former Chief Minister, is now a governor, so he has immunity from prosecution.

The CBI's case against 13 leaders, including Advani, fell flat in May 2001 when the Lucknow court dropped the criminal charges. It said his trial will begin after his term as governor ends. It had proposed earlier this month that the court would invoke its extraordinary constitutional powers under Article 142 of the Constitution and club the pending trials in a Rae Bareilly Magistrate court and the Lucknow CBI court against "lakhs of unknown kar sevaks".

The apex court has excluded Kalyan Singh in the matter.

There are two set of cases related to Babri Masjid demolition.

Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for Advani and Joshi, had refuted the allegation of CBI and told the bench that there was no evidence to substantiate conspiracy charges against them.

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